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A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais)

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A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais)
A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais) theatrical poster
Country FRA.jpg
Directed by Olivier Marchal
Release Date 2011
Language French
Studio uFilm
Distributor Gaumont (France)
The Weinstein Company (USA)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Edmond "Momon" Vidal Gérard Lanvin
Serge Suttel Tchéky Karyo


A Gang Story (French Title: Les Lyonnais/The Lyonnais) is a 2011 French crime drama directed by Olivier Marchal. Loosely based on a true story, the film is about a former bank robber named Edmond "Momon" Vidal (Gérard Lanvin) who is forced to look into his past as the leader of the most notorious armed robbery gangs of the early 1970s when his best friend and former partner in crime (Tchéky Karyo) comes out of hiding to seek his help.

The following weapons are seen in the film A Gang Story (Les Lyonnais):


Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 is the main weapon of Serge Suttel (Tchéky Karyo), used by him in both the present day and in flashbacks of his earlier years as a bank robber. Christo (Daniel Duval) uses a M1911A1 with a long slide while protecting Serge's daughter Lilou.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Serge holds a M1911A1.
A member of the Lyonnais takes out Jean Daugé (Laurent Richard) with a M1911A1.
A younger Serge (Oliver Chantreau) threatens a guard during a hijacking.
Christo draws his M1911A1.
Zerbib (Laurent Fernandez) steps on Christo's hand and pistol after incapacitating him.
Serge holds a M1911A1 on Zerbib.

SIG P210

Momon (Gérard Lanvin) uses a SIG P210 with adjustable sights as his weapon of choice.

SIG P210 (1970s Manufacture) - 9x19mm
Momon holds a SIG P210.
Momon pulls out the P210 from his car's glovebox.

SIG-Sauer P228

One of the police officers who is escorting Suttel to the hospital after he attempts to kill himself while in custody has a SIG-Sauer P228 in a chest holster. Other officers led by High Commissioner Braunier (Patrick Catalifo) are also armed with P228s in the finale.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm. This is a really well worn movie blank adapted gun
The cop examines a suspicious van.
An officer next to High Commissioner Braunier holds a P228.

Beretta Cougar

Diego (Pierre-Andre Gilard) uses a Beretta Cougar while freeing Suttel from police custody at a hospital.

Beretta 8000 Cougar F - 9x19mm
Diego brandishes his Beretta Cougar.


A CZ-75B with an engraved slide is used by Zerbib (Laurent Fernandez), a gangster seeking revenge after being ripped off by Suttel.

CZ 75B - .40 S&W (note different hammer design and non-stepped slide)
Zerbib holds a CZ-75 while threatening one of the men who freed Suttel.

Browning Hi-Power

Dany (Lionnel Astier) is armed with a Browning Hi-Power when he, Momon and Serge go to Christo's farm.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm. These Hi-Powers feature elongated bushings different from Hi-Powers Made before 1973 and after the MK II Series.
Dany crouches beside a fatally-injured Christo.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Gang members and police officers use Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolvers in flashback scenes.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special


Other unknown revolvers are used by various characters.

One of the Lyonnais fires a revolver.
An officer holds a revolver while arresting Serge.
Momon retrieves a stainless steel revolver, probably an airsoft Dan Wesson (large hammer).


Sawed Off Double-Barreled Shotgun

A Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun is used by Carlo (David Kammemenos) when he, Diego and other accomplices break Suttel out of custody.

Remington Spartan Sawed Off shotgun - 12 gauge
Carlo opens fire with the shotgun.
Carlo orders an officer to drop his weapon.

12 Gauge Double-Barreled Shotgun

Suttel's daughter Lilou (Estelle Skornik) uses a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun to defend herself when Zerbib's gang comes looking for her.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Lilou loads the 12 gauge double barreled shotgun.
She waits for Zerbib's gang to break down the door...
...and opens fire when they do.

Winchester/FN 1300

Bank guards and police officers use Winchester 1300 shotguns in the flashback scenes.

Winchester Model 1300 with extended tube & rubber Butt pad - 12 Gauge
A guard drops his Winchester 1300 at gunpoint.
A plainclothes officer holds a Winchester 1300 while escorting Momon and Commissionaire Bastiani (Olivier Rabourdin).
A guard with a Winchester 1300 escorts Momon's wife Janou (Stéphane Caillard).

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Zerbib uses a Mossberg 500 Cruiser while searching for Lilou at Christo's farm.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser with heat shield - 12 Gauge
Zerbib stands over a wounded Christo.
Zerbib enters a room with his Mossberg 500 Cruiser.

Atis R.G. 700

Joan Chavez (François Levantal), leader of the first robbery gang that Momon is involved with, during their heists uses a Atis R.G. 700 in a rare configuration with wood furniture, pistol grip, and aftermarket magazine extension. This shotgun is apparently one of those imported by Franchi, and is an anachronism for the 70s (although it may portray a similar Remington 870).

Atis R.G. 700 with 4-round magazine and pistol grip - 12 Gauge
The Atis R.G. 700 is used by Chavez during a robbery.
Chavez fires the shotgun when the police interrupt a heist.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5KA4

A police officer escorting Suttel to the hospital is armed with a Heckler & Koch MP5KA4.

Heckler & Koch MP5KA4 - 9x19mm
A police officer holds a MP5KA4. The selector is set to burst.
The officer is cut down in a hail of gunfire.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Another police officer at the hospital uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with railed handguards.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
The police officer holds the MP5A3 as he secures the perimeter.
The officer is shot when he is surprised by the criminals.


Members of Momon's first robbery gang attempt to kill him and his family with an Uzi when he decides to quit the gang. Later, one of the Lyonnais uses an Uzi during an armored car heist.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
A former partner of Momon's sprays his Porsche with an Uzi.
Another angle.
A robber holds an Uzi during an armored truck heist.

M1A1 Thompson

The gangsters also use a M1A1 Thompson during their attempt to kill Momon.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
The gangsters spray their weapons in a drive-by.
Another angle.


Police officers in the flashbacks are armed with MAT-49 submachine guns.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Officers hold MAT-49s when rounding up the residents of the Gypsy camp where the Lyonnais were based.
A police officer stands guard with a MAT-49.

Ruger MP9

One of Zerbib's henchmen uses a Ruger MP9.

Ruger MP9 with stock folded - 9x19mm
The henchman holds a Ruger MP9 with what may be a suppressor.

IMI Mini-Uzi

A bodyguard of Nick "the Greek" Karastidis (Etienne Chicot) carries an IMI Mini Uzi when Momon meets him at his Spanish villa.

IMI Mini Uzi with stock folded - 9x19mm
The Greek's bodyguards meet Momon at the front gate.
The bodyguard escorts Momon to the villa.


Colt M4A1 Carbine

A police officer guarding Suttel at the hospital carries a M4A1 Carbine, using it to engage the gunmen who are trying to free Suttel.

Colt M4A1 with 6 position collapsible stock - 5.56x45mm
The officer gets out of the police van with a M4A1 carbine.
The officer takes cover as his van is riddled with bullets.
The officer returns fire.


One of the gunmen who break Suttel out of police custody uses an IMI Galil SAR.

IMI Galil SAR - 5.56x45mm
The gunman points a Galil SAR at an unsuspecting cop.
The gunmen ambush the police outside the hospital.

SIG SG 551

Two of the gunmen use short-barrelled SIG SG 551 rifles with standard flash hiders and standard diopter sights. One features a red dot sight and a cheek riser while the other is missing its handguard.

SIG SG 551 - 5.56x45mm
The gunmen open fire.
The SG 551 with cheek riser and red dot sight.
A gunman fires a SG 551 that is missing its handguard.
The gunman reloads his rifle.

SIG SG 552

Another gunman fires a short-barrelled SIG SG 552 with a pronged flash hider, standard diopter sights, red dot sights as well as a cheek riser.

SIG SG 552 with scope rail attached - 5.56x45mm
The gunman advances while firing his SG 552.

Romanian PM. md. 65

Robbers use Romanian PM. md. 65 rifles during the flashback scenes.

PM md. 65 with cleaning rod - 7.62x39mm
One of the robbers covers his comrades as they flee.
A robber fires a PM. md. 65 during a shootout with the police. You can see the cleaning rod.
Momon aims a PM. md. 65 at an armored car.

Ruger Mini-14 GB

One of the robbers uses a Ruger Mini-14 with a Choate folding stock and an extended magazine during heist at a postal office. However, the rifle is anachronistic since the heist takes place in 1971 while the Mini-14 was not introduced until 1973.

Stainless Steel Mini-14 GB in an Aftermarket Choate Folding Stock, as used by the Military of Bermuda - 5.56x45mm
A robber holds a Mini-14.
Another robber fires a Mini-14 at the police. Note the extended magazine.
Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A police officer with a standard Mini-14 takes Janou away.

Ruger AC556K

During the theft of money from a courier vehicle in 1973, one of the Lyonnais holds a Ruger AC556 with a stainless barrel.

Ruger AC556K with 20-round magazine 5.56x45mm


Policemen use MAS-36 rifles when apprehending Momon and Serge in 1974.

MAS-36 7.5x54mm French
An officer holds a MAS-36 as they raid the gypsy camp where Momon and Serge live.
An officer with a MAS-36 takes Janou away.


One of Nick the Greek's bodyguards holds a IMI Galil MAR.

IMI Galil MAR - 5.56x45mm
The bodyguard on the left holds a Galil MAR.

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